|• Mayor||Rainer Ziegler (SPD)|
|• Total||19 km2 (7 sq mi)|
|• Density||600/km2 (1,600/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)|
Ladenburg is a town in the district of Rhein-Neckar-Kreis, in Baden-Württemberg, Germany. It is situated on the right bank of the Neckar, 10 kilometres (6 miles) east of Mannheim, and 10 km (6 mi) northwest of Heidelberg.
Ladenburg's history dates back to Celtic and Roman ages. In Roman times it was called 'Lopodunum'. Emperor Trajan elevated it to the status of a city ('civitas') in the year 98. Its old centre dates back to the Late Middle Age.
Ladenburg is located on Bertha Benz Memorial Route.
List of mayors:
- Johann Friedrich von Seilern (1646–1715), son of a dyer and later Imperial Count, was born in Ladenburg.
- Johann Christoph Sauer (1695–1757), the first German-language printer and publisher in North America, was born in Ladenburg
- Franz Xaver and Friedrich von Hertling, Bavarian war ministers, were born in Ladenburg.
- Karl Benz, inventor of the automobile, lived in Ladenburg between 1906 and his death in 1929.
The first time this village was populated was between 3000 and 200 BC. It then consisted of a Celtic settlement Lopodunum (="sea tower"). In the year 40 the Romans populated the town as a farmer/military outpost and kept its Celtic name. The local territory formed the civilian district of Civitas Ulpia Sueborum Nicretum ("Neckarsuebi"), of which Lopodunum was the chief town. In 74 AD the Romans founded the town Auxiliarkastelle which included a supply-keeping town, which was the center of the future town. The garrison included a regiment of cavalry made up from the Canaefaten.
Twin towns – Sister cities
Ladenburg is twinned with:
- "Bevölkerungsentwicklung in den Gemeinden Baden-Württembergs 2014 (Fortgeschriebene amtliche Einwohnerzahlen)" (PDF). Statistisches Bundesamt (in German). 2016.
- Ladenburg-Lexikon. Norderstedt 2007, ISBN 978-3-8334-6799-8.
- "Jumelage Laval-Garango" (in French). Retrieved 2013-06-13.
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